What Should I Charge to Teach?

This question comes up quite a lot.  And it's mixed in with some bigger questions, which maybe come first.  What is a teacher? How do you value your self? Let's explore. When you're just getting started with something new, it makes sense to practice quite a lot, for quite a while, maybe some years. This cycle of education, practice, and life experience takes time. To get good at anything substantial, so what you do works, in a variety of contexts with a variety of people, takes time. And once you get there, there's not much change. You're still a student,…
Heal Your Self

Heal Your Self

"You are in a position, starting now, to adopt the role of self-healer. By going deeper into the power of awareness, you can achieve the hidden potential of the healing system that you already depend upon every day." - Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, Chair of Neurology at Harvard, and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. You can read more from Dr. Tanzi here.   Hey everybody, I'm working on our online Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine Training this morning (coming soon, info here), and wanted to share some thoughts about healing. I've had some good…
What Does Alignment Mean to You?

What Does Alignment Mean to You?

Here's one thought. It's how you go from being the stress-based version of yourself, to the ease-based version. Let's start with bones. But bones don't move themselves, muscles are involved here too. So alignment is the position of our structure, our bones, and what our muscles do to create that.  Now for right alignment. And for this we might need some context, to say what's right.   Whether it's static, moving, or accomplishing something in a particular context, right alignment is the position requiring least amount of effort to be here, move there, get that. The least amount of effort…
The Who’s What’s and When’s of Strala Trainings and Retreats

The Who’s What’s and When’s of Strala Trainings and Retreats

Strala follows a mindset and approach for moving well in your life, releasing stress, and finding ease even when the challenges get big. We practice by combining the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine. It begins with a mindset, that says our best way to get where we’re going is to feel good along the way. It also works miracles for whole health, helping us to find ease in our bodies and minds, and create the right conditions both for healing and optimal performance. In…